Alaska Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (ABHA), in conjunction with the AK National Guard, has been working on a program to try to get good quality moose and caribou meat this fall to Guard families whose hunters are deployed and who may be in need of game meat. You can read more about the program HERE
The Guard Family Programs assistance center recently asked us to print, stamp, and send off 600 postcards to them so that they could mail these cards to Guard families to inform them of this program. ABHA did not have the funds to cover this volume of mailouts and just as all hope in getting that done seemed lost, David Johnson, owner of this website, offered to help cover the costs of these cards and get them stamped and printed up. Thank you David! David has posted an announcement on this, and also is asking for the help of ODD members who would like to make a donation toward this program. You can read Davidís announcement Here.
What those on this forum can do to help military families in need
If you are a hunter, guide, or air-taxi operator, and would like to donate quality game meat this fall, or logistically help transfer game meat, please write us at Alaskabha@starband.net and let us know the area you will be hunting, where you would like to drop off your meat, and how much meat you can donate.
If you have a Guard member deployed
If your hunter is a Guard member and is deployed, and you are in need of game meat this fall, please contact Kim Leary, Family Programs assistance, via This Link.
To the families of active-duty troops, and to military personnel stationed in the Fairbanks or Anchorage areas
I have been receiving queries about also getting game meat to the families of our active-duty troops who are deployed. If your hunter is deployed, and you are in need of game meat this fall, we are attempting to develop a network whereby you can get your name and location on a list so that we can help get game meat to you. Please contact us at the above email address for more information. If you would like to volunteer to help us coordinate and develop a program to get game meat to families in need on Ft. Richardson, Elmendorf AFB, Ft. Wainwright, or Eielson AFB, we are also in need volunteers stationed in the Anchorage and Fairbanks areas to help with this. Thank you to those military personnel who have already offered assistance with this!